We finally have a new name - Curriki. See the press release on the Blog homepage and let me know what you think of the name. What image does it potray? Does the name drive the mission?
Curriki comes from Curriculum and Wiki and ki, I hear, means energy in Japanese.
Curriki is a place for community to use and build open source curriculum.
GELC has been getting a significant share of attention. It is really exciting to hear the conversations around the mission and vision for GELC.
Seems that the Buffet donation to the Gates Foundation is changing the impact of education. Recently Scott McNealy spoke about Open Source Curricula and how it will impact education world wide. I believe it will change the way we develop curricula, distribute curricula, and determine if it works.
As we develop the new website for GELC, I realize that many others are doing parts of what we want to do. I am excited by what I see at xWiki, Connexions, EduCommons, Moodle, Wikipedia, Jotspot, Pandesa and others.
So what other websites would be good models for GELC or would make good partners.
Who is a good partner for GELC?
A Textbookwiki and An Instructional Design Wiki
After exploring what is needed and what is available in the open souruce curricula arena, I have decided that we need many things, but probably we first need some tools to help developers, designers, and programmers.
I have just returned from two weeks in Rwanda and Ethiopia. I was there to explore wiring Rwanda and to attend the eLearning conference in Addis Ababa. It was a fascinating and certainly eye-opening trip. In Rwanda, I had the opportunity to work with a group planning a project to wire Rwanda so that all schools and all health clinics would have connectivity.
I have been busy the past two weeks meeting with developers and educators that are exploring and "playing" in the education open source community. It is amazing what this community thinks about the opportunity for GELC and what it can become.
I have been spending the past 6 weeks meeting partners for GELC. And I have found that the issues to growing community and increasing projects circle around three topics:
What is free? And as commented above, free means no cost but also means open to post curriculum with different points of view and for different cultures. It also means free of license fees.
Hi, as a newcomer to the GELC, Iâ€™d like to introduce myself. My name is Barbara Kurshan and people call me Bobbi. A month ago I took on the job of Executive Director of GELC, and I am very excited about working with all of you, and about the promise of making the GELC into a real force for global educational change.
Let me tell you a little about myself.